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This blog post made available by the American Journal of Bioethics. You can read this editorial and accompanying articles here.

by George J. Agich, Ph.D.

The broad sweep of medicine’s history since the middle of the 20th century has been one of improvement in the care of patients, but that progress has not been uniform. The very processes that lead to important advances in medical care also fail; some of these failures are catastrophic. Patient welfare and improvement in health or functional status comprise the central goal of medical care, yet harm to patients is an ever-present risk, especially in the case of employing novel interventions.…

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